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Chloe Does Yale [Paperback]

Natalie Krinsky
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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; Reprint edition (6 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401307507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401307509
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 12.8 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,976,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yale student Chloe Carrington finds that her career as the author of a notorious sex column for the campus newspaper is wreaking havoc on her personal social life, as she bares the details of her latest date--or lack thereof--for everyone to read about, not to mention hindering her search for Mr. Right. A first novel. Reprint. 50,000 first printing

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Chloe Carrington attends Yale and writes the sex and relationships column for one of the campus newspapers. The novel follows her exploits around campus; from frat parties to life in the local bars; from poker games to naked parties. Each chapter follows the same structure; we find out what is happening in Chloe's life and then see the most recent column she has written. It is only when Chloe starts to get some anonymous feedback about her column on the universities message boards that Chloe starts to realise that she has a secret admirer.

The title of this novel (clearly meant to remind the reader of the famous porn film `Debbie Does Dallas') might be a little misleading. Although this book does have a sexual content it is neither graphic nor gratuitous. I did find it a little implausible that someone writing a sex column would be embarrassed about buying, or in fact using a vibrator, but as the book reflects the author's own experiences, perhaps I'm wrong.

This is an enjoyable chick-lit type read with a bit of an edge. The only thing that spoilt it for me was the ridiculously stereotypical English character at the end who actually says in an email to Chloe `Will you come to my abode this Friday and partake of dinner with me?' Get Real! I would also like to point out that if he grew up in a `working class section of London' then he did A'Levels rather than `Highers' to get into University. A small and picky point about an otherwise good, fun read.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Sex and the City 21 Feb 2005
By Lemmy Caution - Published on
With a title like "Chloe Does Yale", you might expect a racy, kicky Gen Y reboot of Sex and the City - you know, younger, leaner, faster, sexier. Instead, Natalie Krinsky serves up a lukewarm novel that steals -er, pays homage to - all the best bits of Sex and the City with none of the zing. Let's see if this sounds familiar- a first person account of a sex columnist in a East Coast city who doesn't have much luck at love. She has a friend who is wild and more experienced at sex, a gay man friend who consoles her in her travails, a conservative friend who loves her, but doesn't quite approve of all her shenanigans...argh, enough already. If you've seen five minutes of Sex and the City, you know where this is headed. She's even got the chutzpah to call her column "Sex and the (Elm) City". Yikes.

As far as narrative goes, it's really banal. A bunch of mundane dating and relationship stuff that has all the tension and surprise of a Golden Girls episode. If I didn't know better, I'd swear this was just a collection of old, previously published, half baked, sophomoric sex column advice strung together with a weak framing device. Oh wait, it is.

Several times throughout the book, the writer obsesses that her writing isn't that good, but her friends keep telling her - 'your column is hilarious', 'no, really! I couldn't stop laughing'. You know you are in trouble when the author has to write a scene where her characters tell her proxy that she can actually write. For a book that's supposed to be sexy, it's stunningly chaste. For a book that's supposed to be funny, it's amazingly sterile. I guess if you are a teenager and haven't really experienced any of the world or been to college, this might amuse you. For my money, it's about as enjoyable as watching Sex and the City on TBS - it goes through the motions, but never gets gritty enough to be any real fun. I really did want to like this book, but I was disappointed. I gave it two stars for the nifty cover, but you can look at that for free. Save your $.

Added on 3/5: Well, I thought it was just me and I might have been too harsh, but it seems like a lot of people had the same reaction to the book. Except, oddly enough, a slew of 4 and 5 star reviews all loving the book that came in on the same day (including two that use the same marketing department approved phrase "chick-lit for the smart girl"). You can believe those if you'd like, but I'd say that's either an amazing coincidence or the author's friends stuffing the ballot box. It's your time and money, spend it how you like.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and disappointing, for the most part 29 Mar 2005
By Christina - Published on
I thought that this book had a lot of promise, but overall, it did not entertain me.

I wasn't reading it for any kind of intellectual pleasure (as you can tell from the hot pink cover, or the blurb if you're color blind, it's just not that kind of book) but I was hoping for some well-written, clever entertainment. I wanted to read something fun, fluffy, and juicy. But Chloe Does Yale doesn't feel like any of those things, mostly because Natalie Krinsky is such an incredibly bad writer. As I got further and further along in the book, I started to feel a little weary, like I was running a marathon and there was garbage in the lane that I kept having to jump over. OK, kind of a messed-up metaphor, but I think you get the picture.

As for the complaints that it is a shameless ripoff of Sex and the City--well, what chick lit book isn't? At least, that's what I thought before I read it. I guess I didn't realize just how shameless Krinsky actually was in stealing from Candace Bushnell.

In summary, I guess, I just had an overall sense of disappointment with this book, although I will say that it does have one or two funny, original moments. I can't remember them clearly enough to cite an example, but at least they proved that the book wasn't written by a chick-lit-generating computer program or something.

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what it is advertised as 29 Mar 2005
By Windowalls - Published on
Is it sexy? No. Is it revealing? No. (You could find everything in it on the Yale website, and every single column reprinted in the book is available on the internet for free.) Is it funny? No. Honest? No. "Chick lit for the smart girl"? No. Is it "sparkling"? Um, not exactly. Is it a waste of money? Yes.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth your time 13 Jun 2005
By Princess Peach - Published on
My goodness!!!

This is the worst book I've ever picked up. It is very poorly written, full of phrases that try very hard to be cute but that just sound ridiculous. Example: "Self depreciating humor is my specialty. Thank you, New York! And good night!" I suppose I'm a bit silly to expect Candace Bushnell in a book about a college sex column, but this book is especially bad. Oh, and the vibrator in the suitcase anecdote? She tells it as though no one has ever heard it before, that it's not recycled from Fight Club and about a hundred other books and movies. Is there a fresh idea in this book at all? The sex column premise and the book title are both recycled, too. The author needs to get a clue when it come to writing dialogue. "She ponders," "She says gently," "she responds..." Really, "She says" is fine.

I can only wonder if the author's sex columns at Yale were as self-gratifying as the columns in this book. All she does is talk about herself, rather than discussing issues that might be of relavance to a sex column. That's slightly acceptable, though, because many columnists do that and I suppose the author might not have known any better.

As much as I would like to support a young female author, I have nothing good to say about this book. Better luck next time.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shallow and unintelligent 8 April 2005
By Allison McWilliams - Published on
I will repeat what others have said before: There is no plot. There is not nearly as much sex as a book with the title Chloe Does Yale should have. But there were other things that bothered me...

Like the style, for example. Krinsky simply cannot write. I'm not a master of fiction myself, but that's why I haven't had a book published. Her novel is riddled with adverbs, like "jokingly," "sternly," "quietly," etc. And like Stephen King said regarding adverb usage--if the reader can't tell that a character is joking or being stern or speaking quietly without you blatantly telling them, you're doing something wrong--you're telling rather than showing. Either that or you're implying that the reader can't detect sarcasm or seriousness or whatever you're trying to convey. It feels like she's probably looking down on the reader in some way, assuming that only stupid people will read her lame novel that leaves NOTHING for the reader to interpret or contemplate. Now, I did not expect something intellectually stimulating when I purchased this book. But I sure didn't expect something written for a high school freshmen, either. I expected to laugh, I expected to encounter a fresh look at the dating scene on a typical college campus. If you expect those things too, look elsewhere.
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